And too often, the first causality of over busy schedules are the warm touches that help maintain both personal and professional relationships. Emails or phone calls that are just to “touch base” with you might feel like a low priority compared to the trillion other things on your to-do list, and the longer you let time go by without sending out those emails, the more it feels like its going to be a time consuming task.
But when you let those emails or calls or texts go by without even an acknowledgement, it sends a signal that you are not just busy, but in fact, too busy for friends and family. But in fact, friends and family in your personal life, and your close associates and partners in your professional life will keep you focused and connected to your community in a meaningful way.
In business as well as in personal relationships, those niceties go along way to reaffirming relationships that not only make you more fulfilled but can help provide you with a firm support base to draw on later.
When those emails come in to touch base or catch up, don’t feel shy about sending back a quick note, saying you’re in the weeds, and asking them to get back to you in a few days. Simple actions like that let people know that you are thinking of them, respect that they reached out to you, and will give you some time to get your head above water before you get into anything more time consuming.
If you are sure to be warm and consistent in your correspondence with friends, partners, and business associates, they will be wonderful supportive network that will help you grow both personally and professionally. But if like many busy people who are constantly feeling as though you are letting those warm touches fall through the cracks, it might be time to prioritize differently. Keeping yourself present in relationships is a top priority for everyone, and if you can just not find the time for it, perhaps its time to work out a time budget to see what can be done more efficiently or even hire an assistant, like Bumblebee PA, to help you get more organized so you can reconnect to those around you.